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Civil Rights and Big Data

How will new, innovative technologies benefit all individuals and help alleviate social and economic inequalities? As the urge to collect and categorize vast quantities of data about our digital behavior becomes more widespread, big data presents new opportunities and profound challenges for individuals' civil liberties and civil rights, and especially for communities of color, women, and other historically disadvantaged groups. 
In this panel, leading organizers and advocates discussed how fairness and justice figure into considerations of personal privacy and predictive analytics. Panelists presented a set of civil and human rights principles to guide legal and ethical thinking about safeguards and best practices. They discussed high-tech profiling, automated computer decision systems, digital due process, access and control over personal data, and problems of inaccurate or incomplete big data.
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Kevin Bankston
Director of Policy
Open Technology Institute, New America Foundation
Hazeen Ashby
Legislative Director for Research and Policy
National Urban League
Chris Calabrese
Legislative Director
American Civil Liberties Union

Jason T. Lagria

Senior Staff Attorney, Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)

Rashad Robinson
Executive Director
Corrine Yu 
Managing Policy Director
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Seeta Peña Gangadharan
Senior Research Fellow
Open Technology Institute, New America Foundation

Event Time and Location

Friday, March 14, 2014 - 9:00am - 10:30am
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

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